Category: Harmonia

Composition Competitions – Humor and Perspective

COMPOSITION COMPETITIONS – HUMOR AND PERSPECTIVE: Composition Competitions are rough.  There’s no doubt about it.  You’re putting your masterpiece out there, hoping that the judges can actually hear it and understand what you were trying to accomplish.  Sometimes they do understand your piece, and very often, for any number of reasons, they don’t.  Don’t despair.  […]

MTNA Composition Winners 2015 – North Carolina

MTNA COMPOSITION WINNERS 2015 – NORTH CAROLINA: Congratulations to our great student composers for their wins in the 2015 MTNA Composition Competition for North Carolina.   These awards were announced on September 27, 2015. MTNA, the Music Teachers National Association, sponsors a yearly composition competition in each of the 50 states.  Each state chooses winners […]

Notation Checklist: Professional Quality Music Scores

NOTATION CHECKLIST – PROFESSIONAL QUALITY SCORES: The above picture is tongue in cheek – how NOT to write a legible score!!! Just when you think your new piece is finished, that’s the time when editing begins!   This checklist will help you ensure a professional quality score.  The more you incorporate these items into your pieces […]

Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979

CRUMB: A LITTLE SUITE FOR CHRISTMAS, A.D. 1979: Mysterious and other-worldly, George Crumb’s A Little Suite for Christmas, A.D. 1979 is one of those wonderful contemporary works that appeals to student composers, performers and audiences alike. Composed in early 1980 for pianist Lambert Orkis, the Little Suite was inspired by early 14th-century Nativity frescoes painted […]

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice – Three Centuries of Magic

THE SORCERER’S APPRENTICE – THREE CENTURIES OF MAGIC: Mix together a captivating 18th century German lyric poem and a hefty helping of enchanting music written by a French composer at the end of the 19th century.  Add a delightful 20th century Walt Disney character from America and sprinkle with wide-eyed young children from all over […]

Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra

YOUNG PERSON’S GUIDE TO THE ORCHESTRA: In 1946 the British composer Benjamin Britten was commissioned to write a piece for an educational documentary film entitled The Instruments of the Orchestra.   The piece he wrote for this film has become one of the most popular and well-loved pieces in the classical music repertoire. The Young Person’s […]

Listening to Timelessness – Slow Paced Masterpieces

LISTENING TO TIMELESSNESS- SLOW PACED MASTERPIECES   Listening to timelessness can be a challenge if we are used to a different way of listening.  Slow paced masterpieces require a different mindset than much of goal-oriented, quickly moving classical music we may have grown used to. Music happens in time.  Like the bird in the above […]

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